Cash-based physical therapy practices are all the rage these days, and with good reason. They give PTs the opportunity to focus on providing quality care—without the pressure of altering treatments or billing practices to keep insurance payers happy.
In many cases, physical therapy and occupational therapy go together like peanut butter and jelly. PTs and OTs often share similar goals and interventions, treat the same types of patients in the same settings, and get confused by the billing rules that apply to our respective specialties.
Successful professionals make it a point to stay current with industry trends, and physical therapists are no exception. Whether you're passionate about career growth, clinical care, pain science, a niche like sports or pelvic floor therapy, or finding creative ways to use your degree, there's probably a PT blog out there for you. In this post, we've curated some of the best physical therapy blogs on the Internet. Some are written by PTs; others are managed by professional writers, researchers, or other types of clinicians
Some things come as no surprise. Our 2018 State of Rehab Therapy survey validated one pain point we hear about constantly: insurance regulations are one of the biggest barriers to providing quality care to patients. With all the red tape you have to cut through to receive reimbursement for the treatment you provide—not to mention the hoops you must jump through to get (and stay) credentialed with payers—it’s no wonder that more and more PTs are turning to cash-based practice models. After all, with payers out of the picture, PTs can truly focus on providing exceptional patient care.
Most of us went to physical therapy school to treat patients, not to spend our lives mired in stacks of paperwork. But that’s what physical therapy billing can feel like: endless mountains of forms, claims, and invoices. As much as we malign it, though, billing accurately for our services is crucial to keeping our clinic doors open so we can continue to treat those patients.
Over the last few years, podcasts have made a huge impact on the physical therapy profession. From hosts waxing philosophical about issues in health care, to fellow therapists providing useful clinical tips and information about managing debt, it seems there’s a podcast on just about every relevant topic out there.
Many PTs are burned out, cash-strapped, and fed up. Here's what that means for the future of the profession.
Physical therapy billing is equal parts art and science. On one hand, we want our codes to accurately represent the services we have provided, but on the other, we want to generate maximum reimbursement—while avoiding the risk of fraudulent billing.
Modifiers help ensure you receive the appropriate amount of reimbursement for your physical therapy services—if you follow these rules.